Thursday 23 May 2019

Raunchy 50 Shades of Grey movie may be censored for Irish audiences

Melanie Finn, Showbiz Editor

The trailer for the much-awaited 50 Shades of Grey whipped Irish fans of the saucy novels into a frenzy this week.

But film audiences here could be denied the chance to see the raunchier version of the €31m movie version of EL James' hit novel which stars Irish actor Jamie Dornan.

The trailer alone had to be censored before being shown for the first time earlier this week on America's The Today Show.

Producers have indicated they'll make two versions of the film, which co-stars Dakota Johnson and has been dubbed 'Mommy Porn'.

The first version, which will be released on February 14, will be one tailored for mainstream cinema audiences and is expected to receive an 18 classification here.

However, a second version is being ear-marked for a later release and is due to be given an NC-17 classification in the States, similar to being X-rated.

This is for films depicting scenes of rape or drug use, with the book featuring extensive bondage, spanking and sado-masochism.

A spokesperson for the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) told the Herald that no such classification exists in Ireland.

The movie is still in post-production and he added how they would have to view 50 Shades of Grey before they could determine a classification.

The producer of the movie, Dana Brunetti, said she extensively researched the kind of movie that the books' fans wanted to see - and it was the X-rated version.

She said she thought that it would be "really cool" to release the R version, or an over-18, and then have an NC-17 released a few weeks after.

"Everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it, then have that NC-17 version out there as well," she said.

The trilogy of books tells the story of virginal college student Anastasia Steele, who embarks on an intense voyage of sexual discovery with her S&M-loving boss, billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey.

Despite the raunchy trailer, lead actress Dakota has said that simulating sex on screen was not a "romantic situation".

"It's more, like, technical and choreographed. It's more of a task," she said.

Dornan said there was undeniable chemistry during the pair while filming and that "having trust" was a big part of making it seem realistic to audiences.

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